I don’t really have much to say, if you can believe it, but the drive into the desert was a delight and it sure is quieter in Quartzsite. Not empty but a whole lot less vendors. I was able to buy two more of the LED lights. I love their bright white light, in some places.
Had lunch at Beer Bellys, with no beer for me, which is tucked backed a bit in the Tyson Wells vendor area. They refer to themselves as the “Adult Day Care Center” and provided some decent cowboy music for entertainment.
Made a stop at Desert Gardens specifically to look for a small rock quartz crystal ball. Before the Yarnell fire I had several of them, but… I want to experiment with taking photos through it. This was just the first try.
Then drove a few miles west of Quartzsite on I10 and took the Dome Rock exit to a gorgeously desert BLM area which allows 14-day limit free camping. The gravel roads appear to get rougher the further away from the Interstate and although I can see the highway I barely heard any noise from it. Found a slight rise to park on for the night with a wonderful view and mostly had internet connection. Funny how I like to be surrounded by nature but still connected to the web.
Spent the afternoon moving my new chair—very comfortable BTW—from shade to sun while finishing a book started on the last road trip. Funny how I rarely read books when I’m home. In fact I’d already read this Nevada Barr mystery Deep South many years ago and guess I’d forgotten the ending because it sure drew me in from start to finish. Well except for that three week break in Yarnell. I love how Barr places her mysteries in National Parks. For me, it’s like Nancy Drew grew up. Anybody remember those books?
OMG, the rocks here are marvelous! I only wandered within sight of camp and stopped more to pick up one color or another. Then put them back. It’s too early in this trip to add the weight of rock. Well, maybe just one, or two.
But the road calls my name, it’s an hour later in California, and today I’m headed to Anza-Borrego in the hopes of seeing different colors on the desert as the wildflowers begin to bloom. Guess I had more to say than I thought.
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